Thomas Tait was selected by a jury of high fashion designers (and perhaps, soon, peers) like Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, Phoebe Philo, Raf Simons, Riccardo Tisci, Humberto Leon, and Nicolas Ghesquiere to receive the first LVHM Prize. He will be awarded 300,000 euros and LVMH’s mentorship to launch his own line.
But let’s get into the nitty gritty: Who is Tait, really?
1) He’s a big fan of all of the designers on the jury but especially, Raf Simons. “I am definitely a big fan of Raf—what he’s done with his own label and now Dior,” he told The Cut. Luckily for the emerging designer, Simons proved to be quite the mentor. “Raf was very involved; he was making comments and asking questions about how I felt moving into the industry on a broader scale and engaging in a commercial market. Because what I do is still small and I exist in my own bubble.”
2) He’s been complimented by Lagerfeld. “I got a nice comment from Karl about my illustrative work.”
3) In the future, he hopes to move into accessories, handbags and leather goods. “Shoes are something I already do, but I haven’t had the capacity to produce or sell them. And I definitely want to look into doing something in the distant future with skin care. Menswear is not so much of an emergency for me. I think if I were to do something, it would be on a different level—like activewear, not fashion.”
4) But for now, Tait is just looking forward to celebrating his big win. “I’ve got some of my best friends in town with me and I’m going to take them out to dinner and drinks.”